Lytham Town 1
(West Lancashire League Division 1)
Garstang overcame a potential banana skin as they brushed aside a lively Lytham team with an emphatic second half display.
Lytham were in front after eight minutes when a long ball down the middle by Cook caught the visitors’ defence napping, Ainsworth applying the finishing touch.
Garstang created a catalogue of chances. Gierke latched on to a long punt up field by Brindle but the Garstang striker pulled his shot narrowly wide. Draycott headed an Anderson corner over the bar then Makin headed wide a good cross from Mattichechia. Anderson whipped in another fine cross but no one could get the important touch.
However, it wasn’t all Garstang. Mattichechia, Makin, Crossley and Benson were at times at full stretch repelling some quick counter attacks by Lytham.
Osbourne for Garstang and Dodds for Lytham both attracted yellow cards in a questionable first half performance by the match day official.
Manager Swan made a tactical change for the second half changing to 3-5-2 replacing Benson with David Jack and it wasn’t long before a long throw from the Garstang substitute was headed over the keeper’s hands by Osbourne at the near post and into the net.
Draycott put the ball on a plate for Gierke but the strikers shot went narrowly wide. Gierke was on hand to force the ball over the line from an Anderson corner to give Garstang a 58th minute lead.
Draycott’s free role was creating problems for the home defence shooting into the side-netting minutes later. Then the midfielder weaved his way into the visitors’ box on the by-line before chipping the ball on to the chest of Poole who only had to nudge the ball over the line to make it 3-1.
Stone and Bardsley came on for Fawcett and Gierke who had both worked tremendously hard.
The forth goal came in the 80th minute, a chipped ball into the path of Stone by Osbourne saw the substitute’s shot parried away into the path of the oncoming Poole who had the easiest of chances to make it four.
Poole completed his hat trick in the 88th minute. A successful afternoon in Garstang’s quest for promotion.
There was further jubilation in the bar after the game when the players found out that closest rivals, Wyre Villa had suffered a shock home defeat against Bacee Preston.
Lytham: McGuigan, S. Campbell, Dickinson, Dodd, Marton, Callier, Cook, Sharpe, G Campbell, Ainsworth, Kerrons. Subs: Slater, Sharples, Hargreaves
Garstang: Brindle, Mattichechia, Benson (rep. Jack 46 mins.) Makin, Crossley, Osbourne, Anderson, Fawcett (rep. Bardsley 74 mins.) Poole, Gierke (rep. Stone 74 mins.) Draycott
Fixtures for Saturday, March 2: The first team travel to Mill Hill St Peters and the reserves are at home to Burscough Richmond Reserves in the 2nd Round of the Houston Cup.